Rebecca L. Johnson, MD

Rebecca L. Johnson, MD


Dr. Rebecca L. Johnson is the Chair of the ABMS Board of Directors. She served on the ABMS Board of Directors from 2009-2018, was a member of the Executive Committee from 2014-2017, and currently serves on the Advancing Practice Task Force. She has served on ABMS’ Database and Information Technology Advisory Committee (DITAC), Committee on Certification (COCERT), MOC Part III Task Force, International Engagement Planning Committee, Improvement in Medical Practice Task Force, and the Task Force for Focused Expertise/Added Proficiency. She also chaired the Organizational Standards Task Force. Dr. Johnson was the Chief Executive Officer for the American Board of Pathology (ABPath) for nine years and prior to that was a Trustee for 11 years, serving as its President in 2009. 

Dr. Johnson served as Chair of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Residency Program Director at Berkshire Health Systems, MA from 1992-2012. 

She served on the American Council of Graduate Medical Education Pathology Review Committee for six years, including two years as its Chair, and is currently an ex-officio member of the committee. Dr. Johnson is an active member of many medical and pathology organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Society for Clinical Pathology, College of American Pathologists, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and the Association of Pathology Chairs/Pathology Residence Program Directors.

Dr. Johnson has received numerous awards including the College of American Pathologists’ Distinguished Service Award, President’s Honors, Outstanding Communicator Award, and Certificate of Meritorious Achievement. She also received the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Service Award, the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Award for Distinguished Service to Pathology and its Mastership designation, and the Association of Pathology Chairs’ Distinguished Teaching Award in Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Johnson received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and was named its 2010 “Alumna of the Year.” She completed residency training at Hartford Hospital, CT and hematology fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health. She is certified by the ABPath in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematology, and Immunopathology and is participating in the ABPath Continuing Certification program.